SINGAPORE (Dec 20): Eight in 10 medical practitioners say Singapore’s healthcare system should focus more on disease prevention as Singaporeans live longer and are more likely to contract a chronic illness at an earlier age. Moreover, nearly half or 49% of the 203 doctors surveyed note that Singaporeans will find it harder to cope with health-related expenses, as the number of people with more than one chronic disease will increase with age. The illnesses include dementia, heart problems, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer. The findings were highlighted in the “Healthy for 100? Healthy care in Singapore” report published in July by insurance provider Prudential group and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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